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Tenor Banjos

Deering makes the finest 17-fret and 19-fret tenor banjos today. Tenor banjos are 4 string banjos that are traditionally tuned in 5ths (C,G,D,A - standard tuning, G,D,A,E - Irish tuning). These types of banjos are traditionally used for either Traditional New Orleans Jazz or Irish music.

Jazz players most often use a 19 fret tenor banjo because it gives the banjo a larger range. Irish players vary between using the 17 fret tenor or the 19 fret tenor. The 17 fret has a smaller scale so the frets are closer together, making it easier to play quick single note passages - something that is often done in Irish music.

Both banjos can also be tuned to Chicago tuning which is the top 4 strings of a guitar (D,G,B,E). Learn how to choose the correct strings for this tuning here.

Goodtime™ 17-Fret Tenor Banjo

Made in America at the Deering Banjo factory in California, the Goodtime openback banjo weighs about 4 pounds so it is ideal for traveling, camping, hiking, taking to the beach and provides a vibrant singing banjo tone in any situation. Also, light enough to easily hold and play and is the perfect banjo to start out with since it is fretted correctly and plays easily. The shorter 17 f...

$559.00

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Goodtime™ 19-Fret Tenor Banjo

It has a very pleasant tone that certainly is vibrant without being over bearing. Only weighing in at 4 lbs, this cute little banjo is great for travelling, camping, taking to the beach and just having fun. Tuned in fifths like a mandolin or violin, it is an easy transition to banjo and a great change of pace for the mandolin or violin player. It has a durable finish covering all the wood...

$559.00

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Dropkick Murphys Goodtime™ 19-Fret Tenor Banjo

We are proud to announce the release of the Dropkick Murphys Tenor Goodtime openback banjo. It's an all maple banjo with a hard rock maple neck and a violin grade maple rim for an awesome tone. It's tuned in fifths G,D,A,E just like an octave mandolin so the fingering is easy for mandolin and violin players. A Kavanjo pickup can be installed as an option. "The Goodtime open back is th...

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Goodtime Two™ 17-Fret Tenor Banjo

This American maple tenor banjo is lighter in weight with a clear tone that is warm and resonant. Because this model has a resonator it is louder than the open back model. With a neck that has been precisely fretted for intonation accuracy and a comfortable neck profile, you will find yourself playing this banjo for hours.  

$779.00

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Goodtime Two™ 19-Fret Tenor Banjo

It has a very pleasant tone that certainly is vibrant without being over bearing. Only weighing in at 5 lbs, this cute little banjo is great for traveling, camping, taking to the beach and just having fun. Tuned in fifths like a mandolin or violin, it is an easy transition to banjo and a great change of pace for the mandolin or violin player. It has a durable finish covering all the wood par...

$779.00

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Dropkick Murphys Goodtime Two™ 19-Fret Tenor Banjo

The Dropkick Murphys Goodtime Two 19-Fret tenor banjo is an all maple banjo with a hard rock maple neck and a violin grade maple rim for an awesome tone. It's tuned in fifths G, D, A, E just like an octave mandolin so the fingering is easy for mandolin and violin players. A Kavanjo pickup can be installed as an option. "The Goodtime is the most affordable tenor banjo you can get! It's...

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Deering Eagle II™ 19-Fret Tenor Banjo

Our newest and most affordable professional grade 4-string banjo. The Eagle II banjo is a whole new breed of banjo. It features the ground breaking, patent pending Twenty-Ten Tone Ring which is a completely original Deering design that is unlike any other traditional tone ring. It produces a high quality sound that is versatile for many styles of playing. While the sound is uniquely Eagle, i...

$2,899.00

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Deering Sierra™ 17-Fret Tenor Banjo

Irish Tenor banjos have the shorter 17 fret neck for a brighter, snappier sound. The Sierra 17-fret tenor has our professional -06- bronze tone ring and you get all the most important features that affect the tone and playability at an economical price. Made of mahogany with a slim comfortable neck and ebony fingerboard, the Sierra banjo will give you hours of lasting pleasure because...

$2,999.00

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Deering Sierra™ 19-Fret Tenor Banjo

"Well folks, it's like this,The Deering Sierra banjo, while being our least expensive completely professional banjo, is truly the flagship of our entire line! How is it that this is so? Well I'll tell you. The pot assembly of the Sierra, the violin grade maple 3 ply rim, the -06- tone ring, the one piece zinc flange, the notched tension hoop,the Deering tail piece and armrest are exac...

$2,999.00

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Deering Deluxe™ 19-Fret Tenor Banjo

Now featuring a walnut neck, the Deering Deluxe truly stands out as a banjo with it's own tone.  The walnut neck gives the banjo a perfect balance of brightness and warmth.  When paired with our -06- bell bronze tone ring, the Deluxe comes alive and gives you a banjo that will stand out from the pack. Built with Deering's genuine bell bronze tone ring, three ply violin grade maple rim...

$3,479.00

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Deering Dropkick Murphys Tenor Banjo

Beautifully inlayed into the fingerboard in Italian Pearloid are the name of the band in Old English lettering, two classic shamrocks and a banner proudly supporting "Boston″ at its base. Only the highest quality of curly maple wood is used for the neck and resonator on this model. A special thing about the Dropkick Murphys Model is that it is one of the lightest professional banjos made. It...

$3,649.00

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Deering Maple Blossom™ 19-Fret Tenor Banjo

The Maple Blossom tenor banjo is a professional grade 19-fret tenor banjo made of maple with quick response from the shallower air chamber, bright highs, and good bass response that is fast and easy to play! You get a professional grade instrument in a reasonably affordable price range with the full bell bronze tone ring, quality maple and nice inlays. You also get a quality neck that...

$4,799.00

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Deering Calico™ 19-Fret Tenor Banjo

The heart of the Deering Calico banjo is the Deering bronze tone-ring, precisely fitted to the three-ply violin grade maple rim. The Deering -06- tone ring produces a beautiful, balanced overtone spectrum. Its weight is ideal for most styles played on the banjo. A softer touch will provide you with as much sustain as you ever want, a sharper attack will produce a distinct pop and accurate no...

$5,249.00

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Vega® Professional 19-Fret Tenor Banjo

The famous Vega Pie Back Resonator projects the tone of this 19 fret Vega Professional Tenor banjo. Greg Deering re-created the process for making the pie back resonator of the excellent professional grade Tenor banjo. Made with a Tubaphone tone ring, it has the punch, crack, snap, whatever you call it, that quick response and brilliant clarity that perfect tenor sound that is the heart of D...

$7,499.00

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